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HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Police said they cited Michelle Rogers, 48, of Edwardsville, with retail theft after she allegedly failed to pay $41 for merchandise from Family Dollar on Carey Avenue.


• Michael Wheaton, of Rutter Street, reported Tuesday someone damaged two Power Wheels electric toy cars and smashed the windshield on his vehicle.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Police said a green 1992 Jeep Cherokee, Pennsylvania license plate GTA-1871, was stolen sometime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of North Conahan Drive. The vehicle has silver trim and gray primer on the front bumper.


• Police said gun shots were heard in the area of Elm and Hazle streets at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries or property damage.


• Gina Petrone of East Seventh Street reported Tuesday her vehicle was entered while it was parked in a garage in the 600 block of Pardee Street.


• Police reported Tuesday several windows were damaged at a house in the 500 block of Garibaldi Court.


• A rear door was damaged at a house in the 100 block of South Locust Street sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 19.


• Police said gun shots were heard in the area of 15th and Alter streets at about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or property damage.


• A woman reported Monday her vehicle was damaged in the 500 block of West Second Street.


• A residence in the 500 block of West Maple Street was discovered ransacked on Monday. No items were reported missing.


HAZLE TWP. — An iPod and compact discs were stolen from two vehicles parked in the 600 block of Lattimer Road sometime between 6 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday, state police at Hazleton said.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Police cited Joseph Jackiel, 57, of Wilkes-Barre, with public drunkenness after he was allegedly found intoxicated and lying on the steps of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Administration building on South Main Street on July 9.


• A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 27 for William A. Lecitshon, 33, of Wilkes-Barre, on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.


Police said Lecitshon was found sleeping in a vehicle at Coal Street Park on July 8. A syringe and suspected illegal drugs were found inside and outside the vehicle, police said.


The hearing is before District Judge Rick Cronauer.


• A 21-year-old woman reported a man who threatened to use a gun robbed her in the area of Academy and South River streets at about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday.


The woman said she left G&G Express and was approached from behind by a man, described as in his 20s, tall with a thin build, wearing baggy jeans and a black T-shirt, who demanded her wallet, police said.


• A property manager at 266 Kidder St. reported someone forced open a rear door and stole about 20 feet of copper pipe sometime between July 19 and Tuesday.


JACKSON TWP. — Township police arrested Joshua Bobbin, 21, of Nanticoke, on Wednesday on a burglary charge.


Police allege Bobbin and Ryan Briggs, 25, of Nanticoke, burglarized a barn owned by David Roskos on Huntsville Road on July 18. Briggs was captured at the scene and jailed on a parole violation.


Court records say a Luzerne County judge issued an arrest warrant for Briggs on May 22 when he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing on drug related charges.


Bobbin was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal conspiracy. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Briggs is scheduled to be arraigned later this week on similar charges.


HAZLETON — Victor Donald Akey, 39, of East Elm Street, Hazleton, was arraigned Wednesday on charges he held a woman’s head in a swimming pool.


Akey was charged with simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


Police arrested Akey after Amber Keck claimed he held her head in a swimming pool for 10 to 20 seconds during an argument Tuesday night, according to the criminal complaint.


Akey told police they both fell in the pool but his shorts were dry, the complaint says.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 7.


HAZLE TWP. — Lisa Maria Mager, 42, of East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Wednesday three counts of defiant trespass and a single count of retail theft.


State police allege Mager stole merchandise from Kmart at the Laurel Mall on May 22, according to the criminal complaint.


Mager was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


WRIGHT TWP. — A Mountain Top man charged in June by the state Office of Attorney General in Operation Shape Up, which targeted a cocaine and marijuana trafficking ring, was arraigned Tuesday on allegations he tampered with an electrical meter.


Freddy Reyes, 45, of Coplay Place, was charged with criminal mischief. He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail. He has been jailed since his arrest on June 27 for lack of $1 million bail on drug trafficking offenses.


Township police allege in the criminal complaint that an illegal wire was attached to the PPL electrical meter at Reyes’ residence. The wire attachment ran to the basement of the house to a separate junction box, the complaint says.


Police said in the complaint it cost $4,159 in materials to replace the electrical line.


A preliminary hearing on the latest charge is scheduled on July 31.


Reyes was one of 17 people charged by the state in a cocaine and marijuana trafficking ring centered at the Master Barbershop on Hazle Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, according to court records and a news release.


WILKES-BARRE — A city man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he made several calls to 911 reporting that a baby was in distress and needed help.


Police allege Keith Gilroy, 55, was intoxicated when he called 911 twice on Monday and once just after midnight Tuesday claiming a baby was in danger. Gilroy identified himself as Joe Miller and told police his address was on Orchard Street in Wilkes-Barre.


When an officer arrived at the Orchard Street residence at 12:11 a.m., Gilroy stumbled outside. The officer asked Gilroy if the officer could speak to a Joe Miller. Police said Gilroy laughed, saying, “That was me, man.”


Police said Gilroy nearly fell twice and appeared to be unable to care for a lit cigarette allowing it to burn down between his fingers, the complaint says.


Gilroy told police he had “concerns” because of a visit to the residence by police and a child caseworker Monday afternoon. Police said no baby was found inside the residence.


Gilroy was charged with making a false alarm to a public safety agency and public drunkenness. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


HAZLETON — State police at Hazleton will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint within the southern region of Luzerne County the weekend of July 26-28.


KINGSTON — Malinda Ann Hock, 33, of South Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of receiving stolen property, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and a vehicle violation.


She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.


Police said they stopped Hock for driving a Jeep Cherokee without headlights on Market Street at about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday. A loaded .38 caliber pistol and a grinder containing suspected marijuana were allegedly found inside the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said the handgun was reported stolen during a burglary in Philadelphia.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 31.


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